If you’ve ever experienced the heartache of watching your pooch struggle with the itching and pain of a yeast infection in one or both of his ears, you can understand the frustration dog owners feel in trying to find a way to cure the problem.
Both of our German Shepherds are prone to yeast infections, and no matter how often we cleaned their ears, they seemed to only get relief for a few days before the head shaking and pawing at their ears started again.
Finally, after searching for a solution for months, we found the remedy that worked! I’ll detail for you how to treat yeast infections in your dog’s ears in a way that worked for us.
What is a Yeast Infection and How Do You Know if Your Dog Has One?
It is normal for yeast to be present in your dog’s ear, but a yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast that causes itching, scabs, and a waxy substance in the ear. Shaking their head back and forth and scratching their ear can be signs that an infection has started.
Always see your veterinarian to diagnose any problems with your dog’s ears. Some other problems that can be present with or without a yeast infection can be:
- A ruptured ear drum
- An object embedded in the ear canal or a growth, such as a polyp
- An infection caused by bacteria
Once a veterinarian has diagnosed the problem as a yeast infection and showed the best way to keep the ear clean, hopefully that solves the problem. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for us.
Sasha began having yeast infections first, and our vet expected her to be prone to them due to her extremely long ear canals. At first cleaning her ears once a week worked fairly well.
But as she kept having them, the vet started her on probiotics to see if the change in her body chemistry would help, it didn’t.
Tahlen began having problems in one of his ears, and we weren’t any more successful in keeping his ears clear either.
Everything got worse one day when they both tangled with a big raccoon that had gotten through the fence on our property. Both of them ended up with some cuts that we needed to see our vet for and they had to take antibiotics.
While the antibiotics were very needed, they basically killed all the good bacteria in their ears along with the bad bacteria. This allowed the yeast to thrive, resulting in a very itchy, painful infection for both of them right as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend started.
They needed relief and they needed it now!
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This Remedy Worked!
But our dog’s infection was deep in their ears, and I wasn’t comfortable trying to rub a cream deep enough to be effective without possibly injuring their ears.
I had to be able to thin it out and apply it so that it would flow deep into the ear canal. Since I knew they’d shake their ears as soon as I put the medicine in it, my hope was that this would distribute the medicine around the inner part of their ears.
So I put about a pea sized amount of the Monistat in a very small glass bowl. Since they desperately needed relief from the itching, I also added the same amount of cortisone anti-itch creme.
Then I added about 2 ml of water to thin it out. The mixture would not mix well, so I put it in the microwave for just a few seconds, about 8 seconds. That worked!
I had a liquid that easily filled an eye dropper and put about 1 ml in one of Sasha’s ears and rubbed her ear a little bit before letting her shake her head around. I put the medicine in her other ear, mixed up a new batch, and treated Tahlen’s ears.
Within an hour, I could see the difference! Both of them were sleeping soundly (something none of us had done for a couple of nights!)
I treated them with this remedy for 2 weeks, once a day, with phenomenal results! After almost 4 months, they are still infection free and feeling wonderful!
If the yeast infection comes back, or if they have to go on another round of antibiotics, I have the peace of mind that I can start treating them quickly and save them from hours, if not days, of the painful itching of this condition.
After the vet verified that the yeast infection was gone, she did recommend cleaning their ears once a week to help prevent it from reoccurring. The product she recommended was Oti-Clens, and I believe it has been helpful.
So if you are struggling with how to treat yeast infections in your dog’s ears, try this method and let me know if it works for you as well as it did for Sasha and Tahlen.
And if you have another method that worked for your pooch, let me know in the comments below!
I have an update on this remedy! Sasha wound up having to have a 2nd surgery on her leg and was on antibiotics for a month. Of course, this started up another yeast infection in her ears.
I used this remedy again as soon as she started shaking her head and got the same results as the first time. She’s doing great–I’m happy to report that the remedy was effective!
Well, it’s been almost 2 years since I first published this post, so I wanted to give an update on how well this treatment has been working.
Sasha has gotten a yeast infection in her ears about once every 8 months or so. Each time we give her this remedy for about 2 weeks, and it clears up just fine.
Now that we know the signs to look for that tell us she’s in discomfort, we can start clearing it up faster, and she doesn’t go through the painful experience that she’s had before.
I’m also happy to report that Tahlen has not gotten another yeast infection in his ears (yay!), but he’s very happy to still share in the special treat that we give to Sasha when she gets treated!
Remember what we say here at Love My Pooches…..